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Chris Johnson gets new deal (Sort of)

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We've had quite a bit of discussion here about Chris Johnson's contract situation. Profootball Talk reports that he and the Titans reached a new deal today. The deal doesn't add any years to his current deal, nor does it add any money. Instead it moves $2.5 million in incentives from 2012 to 2010. Essentially it's a way for both sides to buy another year.

Adds Jason La Confora via Twitter:

The Titans reworked deal with Chris Johnson puts an extra few million in his pocket, and in essence buys the sides another year. The two remaining years - 2011 and 2012 are untouched. So CJ gets enough to play out 2010, but will still be seeking a longterm deal at season's end

I like the deal. I think it's a fair one for both sides, since CJ2K was only scheduled to make $550,000 this year (based on his rookie deal). This is a nice compromise in that it gives CJ2K another year to prove himself the best in the business, while buying time for both sides. Hopefully we'll have a new CBA in place by season's end so that the two sides can come to a new agreement without putting so much guaranteed money on the table.

It's a creative way to solve the problem and I have to give kudos to both sides for doing it.

As a reminder, here are Chris Johnson's stats since entering the league:

Career Statsmore
Season Team Rushing Receiving Fumbles
G GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2009 Tennessee Titans 16 16 358 2,006 5.6 91T 14 50 503 10.1 69T 2 3 3
2008 Tennessee Titans 15 14 251 1,228 4.9 66T 9 43 260 6.0 25 1 1 1
TOTAL 609 3,234 5.3 91 23 93 763 8.2 69 3 4 4